Charles N. Gitto Jr.

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Charles N. Gitto, Jr. 80 "Capo di Tutti Capi" LEOMINSTER, MA Charles Natale Gitto, Jr. passed away peacefully on October 26, 2012 surrounded by his family and friends after a short illness. Charles is survived by his loving children Gary C. Gitto; Charles' daughter, Nancy Gitto-Panagiotes and husband Steven W. Panagiotes. Mr. Gitto was a proud, joyful and loving grandfather to Gianna D. Gitto, Isabella M. Gitto, Steven G. Panagiotes and Francesca N. Gitto. Charles leaves his nephew, Gregory C. Gitto, his devoted sister-in-law, Edwina Gitto; several caring nieces, nephews, cousins and his loyal friend, Gilbert C. Donatelli. A younger brother, Samuel J. Gitto predeceased Charlie in 2008. Charles N. Gitto, Jr. was born January 18, 1932, in Fitchburg, MA, to the late Charles N. and Mary (Giadone) Gitto. After graduating from Fitchburg High School, Mr. Gitto proudly served the country he loved as a Unites States Marine in the Korean War. He was awarded a Good Conduct Medal, a Korean Service Medal, a National Defense Service Medal and a United Nations Service Medal. Upon completing his service to his country he matriculated at Clark University, Worcester, MA where he studied business and marketing. Mr. Gitto worked at Great American Chemical Company, Fitchburg, MA as VP/Sales. He later worked at Lynn Plastics, Lynn, MA as VP Sales and Marketing with his dear friend and mentor, Stanley Trykowski of Canton, MA. Charles Gitto then founded Abbott Industries, Leominster, MA. Abbott was a leading PVC compounder for the footwear and wire and cable industry. After selling Abbott Industries, Mr. Charles N. Gitto, Jr and his brother, Samuel J. Gitto founded Gary Chemical Corp, Leominster, MA (now called AlphaGary)to develop, manufacture and market PVC compounds primarily servicing the footwear and wire and cable industries. This company grew rapidly over a ten year period employing over 150 cherished employees before being sold to Evode, Ltd, in 1989. After selling Gary Chemical, Mr. Gitto owned Pace Wire and Cable, Pepperell, MA. Later in his career, Mr. Gitto co- founded Gitto Corp, another state-of-the-art plastics manufacturing corporation with his son, Gary. Gitto Corp. later merged with Global Corp. to become Gitto/Global where Charles Gitto served as an honorary Chairman of the Board. Mr. Gitto received an Official Citation from the House of Representatives and was named "The Distinguished Citizen of the Year" for his involvement in civic affairs in the Leominster community. He was appointed to the Board of Real Estate Brokers and Salesman by Governor Edward King. Mr. Gitto was a guest at the White House of the late President Ronald W. Reagan and President William J. Clinton. Although traveling around the world for business and pleasure gave Mr. Gitto much joy, he received the most joy spending quality time with his family and his beloved friends. Charles Gitto was a member of the Leominster Elks and The Sons of Italy. Mr. Charles N. Gitto, Jr. served on the Board of Trustees at St. Anselm's College, Manchester, NH. Mr. Gitto and his family are very proud of his donation towards a Science Laboratory and Study Room at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. Mr. Gitto was cared for by his loving caretakers, Darlene and Anthony Conti ("the greatest barber around"), Mary Consalvo, Sheila Richards, Grace LaFleur, Eileen Bitter, Ellen Grossi, Angeline Brideau and Dawn Ackles. Mr. Gitto's family would like to thank Dr. N. Mercadante and staff, Dr. J. Aney and staff, Dr. R.Trudel and Carolyn Shea of Sr. Support Solutions for their devoted, patient and loving care. Mr. Gitto's Funeral Mass and Burial will be held at a later date which will be announced and organized by Mr. Lawrence Brandon of Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Road, Fitchburg, MA. Paid Obituary

Published in the TC Palm on Nov. 2, 2012
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